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Denbighshire Yeomanry (Hussars)

Territorial Force:

  • 1/1st Battalion, Denbighshire Hussars
  • 2/1st Battalion, Denbighshire Hussars
  • 3/1st Battalion, Denbighshire Hussars

       The Denbighshire Hussars Yeomanry was a territorial unit, part of the Welsh Mounted Brigade. Their HQ was at 1 Erdigg Road, Wrexham. A Squadron drew from Wrexham, Llangollen, Mold and Ruabon, B Squadron from Denbigh, Prestatyn, Rhyl and Ruthin, C Squadron from Bangor, Carnarvon, llandudno and Beaumaris, D from Birkenhead.

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    Those known to have served with

    Denbighshire Yeomanry (Hussars)

    during the Great War 1914-1918.

    • Bloor William Henry. Capt. (d.3rd Jan 1918)
    • Clarke John. Pte.
    • Ellis John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th Oct 1916)
    • Lloyd Norman Lewis. Cpl. 1/1st
    • Rooper William Victor Trevor. Capt. (d.9th Oct 1917)

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    Cpl. Norman Lewis Lloyd 1/1st Denbighshire Hussars

    My Uncle, Norman Lewis Lloyd, joined the Territorial Unit 1/1st Denbighshire Hussars as a private in 1914, service number 504, date unknown, later transferring to 5th Batt. Royal Welch Fusiliers, service number 345088, who were in the Welsh Border Mounted Brigade, which in September 1914 was attached to the 1st Mounted Division. He was promoted to Corporal later.

    In 1915 the 1/1st together with the rest of the Brigade and the South Wales Mounted Brigade, became a dismounted unit. It is presumed that he was a member of the Territorial force before the commencement of the war as he was awarded The Territorial Force War Medal, 1914 1919, note page 21. Little is known about his wartime service except that he was in Egypt, and Palestine as a photo exists with him standing next to a Camel.

    Harvey Lloyd


    Pte. John "Nobby" Clarke Denbighshire Yeomanry

    John Clarke known as Nobby joined the Denbighshire Yeomanry with his cousin in 1913 as a territorial army private. It was the only way he could get time off from working on the farm, for a holiday. He took his own horse with him. I have been told that he taught men to ride horses in the initial stages of the war. He took his own horse to the war and brought it home with him at the end of the war. A lucky escape unless this has been changed over time and he brought a horse home from the war. He only returned home a couple of times as he could not face his mother and how upset she was at his returning to the war. He survived the war and only suffered a broken arm as a physical injury and shell shock. I have been told that he swam across a lake and freed some of his regiment who were captured.

    Helen Larkin


    Pte. John Ellis 1st Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry (d.12th Oct 1916)

    My great uncle enlisted in Bangor, North Wales into the 284 Denbigh Yeomanry.

    He had been working with horses on a farm in Anglesey, where his mother thought he was. It was not until she received the telegram to say that he had been killed did she know that he had enlisted. He died aged 22. As her first language was Welsh she had to take the telegram down to the village Post Office so that it could be read to her. Apparently her hair turned white overnight.

    Her other son was serving with the Navy. Whilst on deck one night during an attack he heard a voice telling him that he would survive the War but his brother would not. He had no idea that his brother had enlisted. After the war he became a lay preacher.

    At some time John changed his unit to the King's Shropshire Light Infantry 1st Batt. He was killed on 12 October 1916 during the Battle of Transloy attacking Zenith Trench. All this information came to light when I visited the Thiepval memorial. My sister and I were the first in the family to read his name on the Memorial. It is good to keep these names alive and to remember that these were real people.

    Sally Watkinson


    Capt. William Henry Bloor Royal Field Artillery (d.3rd Jan 1918)

    I am in the process of writing a history of the Denbighshire Hussars Yeomanry, pricipally during the First World War.

    William Henry Bloor was a Sergenat in the Denbighshire Yeomanry, before being commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery. As a Captain he was killed-in-action on 3 January, 1918. His father Reginald Henry Bloor or Rex Bloor also served in the DY. I am looking for any photos of Officers, NCOs and Men who served in the Denbighshire Yeomanry from 1900 to 1921.

    I gained my BA in History in 2003 and my thesis was on the DY. Any photos or stories which could be copied/photocopied would be of great help to me.

    Nick Peacock

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